readers of this blog will know that the extensive maison21 decorative arts empire includes m21's interior design practice and the maison21 ebay store for our vintage finds, but you might be surprised to know that maison21 also does a bit of freelance work with other designers as well- so we thought we'd take a post to show you what that entails...in addition to his clearly superior taste in all matters of design (meant ironically, of course- mostly), maison21 also has a bit of an artistic bent (see our sixth grade batik masterpiece for proof- we wouldn't talk up our talent without being able to back it up. well, we would actually, but we aren't in this particular case), so it's kind of natural that we would combine our love of art with our passion for design, by doing a little design drawing.
what maison21 does when he collaborates with other designers, is to help them refine their vision for a custom piece by sketching out their ideas- like taking a leg from this piece, the cushion from that piece, changing the shape of the back, etc., and then seeing if the elements form a unified whole. or sometimes taking another's unique vision- that they can't quite articulate- and giving it form.besides the enjoyment WE get out of it, the designers we collaborate with, find our drawings to be useful tools for themselves as well...
the designer can see if their idea works before money is spent producing it,
and if the concept is successful, the designer then has an effective visual with which to present the piece to the intended client.
the designer also has a sketch with which to communicate with the workroom, as a guide in the actual production of the piece- this can save time, money and heartache.
maison21 seriously loves the collaborative process- it's an instance of when work really seems like play...
and as an added bonus, every so often maison21 gets to see a project he's worked on appear in a national magazine- doesn't get any better than that!